|Currency||Panamanian Balboa (PAB) US Dollar (USD)|
|Population||3,039,150 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||Spanish (official), English|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 85% Protestant 15%|
Panama is a country in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, with Colombia (and South America) to the southeast and Costa Rica (and North America) to the northwest. It's strategically located on the isthmus that forms the land bridge connecting North and South America. It controls the Panama Canal that links the North Atlantic Ocean via Caribbean Sea with North Pacific Ocean, one of the most important shipping routes in the world.